Monday, April 11, 2011

Lyvia Roach, RIP @ one year


On Sunday afternoon, April 11, one year ago today, little Lyvia Roach was hit by a car and killed. Lyvia was a loving, smiling girl, the daughter of Tad and Casey Roach, the brother to Carter Roach, and, like her family, she was a member of thirdspeople. (for more go here)

Today, we met at
Lyvia's grave to remember and release balloons. We gathered around her mom and dad and brother, and her extended family, a community formed in grief. After others shared their memories of Lyvia, I was asked to share a few thoughts. I read a passage from Romans eight, and then I said:
“So, we gather today to remember, to sorrow, to release the rage in our hearts for the loss of our Lyvia. I’ve often thought, on the day Lyvia was snatched from us, how many other children were taken as well; how many other families lay shattered on the ground? I mean, look around you at all these graves!
So, today let us release the rage and sorrow we have for Lyvia’s passing, if only for a moment. But we should also do so for the many others who are but a “few of the butchered and betrayed and martyred children of the Earth.” (William Stryon)
St. Paul tells us, “Now we see through a glass darkly, but one day we will be able to see clearly.” And when finally we are able to see again; when finally the veil is lifted and we see with the mind of the Christ, we will know the truth.
But now, now we see only the first rays of daylight reflected in the murky skyline. Now, we see that all this was actually not judgment day, after all, only one more more morning, a new morning. A new “morning: excellent and fair.” (William Stryon)